Doin' It in the Park

Doin' It in the Park

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  • Richard Bertetic
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  • Goldcrest Films
  • 360 Creative Filmworks

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Doin' It in the Park (2013)

Also Known As: Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC

Opened: 05/22/2013 Limited

Maysles Cinema05/22/2013 - 05/28/20137 days
Harlem, NYC05/31/2013 - 06/06/20137 days
Tempe, AZ06/14/2013 - 06/20/20137 days
Chicago, IL06/15/2013 - 06/20/20136 days

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Genre: Sports Documentary

Rated: Unrated

Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York's summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "Mecca" of the sport.


In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

"You can play high school or college for four years. You can play Pro for a decade. You can play pick-up ... for life."

Doin' It In The Park lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling "next" game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC's five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film's title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America's most popular, and accessible, free recreation.

Selected Interviews

Julius "Dr. J" Erving

Julius "Dr. J" Erving grew up playing pick-up basketball, fighting to stay on the court all day, before winning a Rucker Tournament Championship in 1971, and an NBA Championship in 1983 (with the Philadelphia Sixers). The Hall of Famer's aerial attacks changed the game. "Doc" is considered the predecessor to Michael Jordan style of play, and a top ten player in the history of the sport.

Kenny "The Jet" Smith

Kenny Smith is a proud product of the Lefrak Project courts in Queens. He was an All-American at Archbishop Molloy High School and University of North Carolina, and went on to win to NBA championships with the Houston Rockets. He currently is an NBA analyst for the TNT, NBATV, and ESPN networks. He considers his first 3-on-3 victory at Lefrak as his career highlight.

Richard "Pee Wee" Kirkland

"Pee Wee" Kirkland was Norfolk State's 1968 CIAA Championship MVP, and the top scorer in the Rucker (when Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Tiny Archibald were his competition). The Chicago Bulls draftee skipped the NBA for a life of crime and wound up in prison, where he once scored 135 points in a game. Pee Wee now coaches youth at his School of Skills program in Harlem.

James "Fly" Williams

James "Fly" Williams dominated the courts of Brownsville, Brooklyn, before starring at Austin Peay University (TN), where he once led the nation in scoring. He played one season for the St. Louis Spirits of the now defunct ABA. He is considered all-time playground royalty, having scored 90+ points in multiple tournaments around the city. Fly is now running a basketball program for kids in Brooklyn.

Corey "Homicide" Williams

Corey "Homicide" Williams grew up learning the game at Claremont Park in the Bronx. After playing at Alabama State University and not being drafted to the NBA, Williams returned to New York and traveled from court to court trying to make a name. In 2005, he was spotted at Dyckman Park by a Toronto Raptors coach and invited to try-out. He was the last person cut before the regular season started, and has since become a two-time MVP in Australia's NBL pro league.

Jack "Black Jack" Ryan

Jack "Black Jack" Ryan's legend started out at East 5th St. Park in Brooklyn. In 1990, NBA analyst and fellow pick-up partner Peter Vecsey arranged a try-out for Ryan with the New Jersey Nets. Even though 29 years of age, he lasted to the final cut before the regular season started. In 2005, Ryan won the ESPN City Slam National 3-point Championship. He is still a regular at the West 4th St. court, where he is an all-time fan favorite.

Niki Avery a.k.a. "Lil' Ratchet"

Niki Avery challenged herself as a young girl by always playing against the boys at the Washington Project courts in Spanish Harlem. She became a star at St. Raymond's High School and was awarded a scholarship at University of Texas El Paso. After finishing her college career at Western Kentucky, she has been a pro baller in Puerto Rico and Europe. When home, "The Model" hustles men for money by challenging them to shooting games. She always wins the bet.

About the Filmmakers

Bobbito Garcia

Native New Yorker Bobbito Garcia is the co-founder of Bounce Magazine and critically acclaimed author of Where'd You Get Those? NYC's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). In recent years, "Kool Bob Love" has done sideline reporting for the NY Knicks on MSG-TV, voiced NBA 2K video games, and has hosted ESPN2's It's the Shoes series. Currently, he is the play-by-play announcer for the Elite 24 Game on ESPNU, the Red Bull King of the Rock Championship on CBS Sports, and the Converse Band of Ballers tournament on MTV2.

Kevin Couliau

Frenchman Kevin Couliau is the director of "Heart & Soul Of New York City" , a short film / music video about a season of NYC streetball which has accumulated over a million views online. As a photographer, he is widely recognized as the most prolific outdoor basketball photographer of the last decade. His images have appeared in Bounce Magazine (US), Fadeaway (UK) and Reverse Magazine (France). As a director of photography, his work has been seen in Canal + "The New Explorers" documentary series, Jordan Brand's annual "Quai 54" TV / DVD series, the New York Knicks "Battle of The Boroughs" videos and Nike's "World Basketball Festival" campaign content.